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  1. On 4/9/2020 at 9:30 PM, Amandelqamar said:

    I will start my PhD in Chemistry in Michigan State, however as I am looking for a place to rent I don't know what should be my limit for the rent as I couldn't find any average cost of living. They told me that ''The current annualized stipend for first year graduate students is $25,924, paid on a bi-weekly basis.(for 2019-2020) '' and '' Based on the anticipated increase, a 12-month stipend for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $26,442. ''. But I also couldn't find any information about taxes as I am an international student. If anyone with experience would help me, I would be glad ^.^

    Are you looking for a house or an apartment? Houses are typically 700-1200 per month, depending on how close to campus the house is. The apartments around campus can be a little more pricey. The ones along grand river are very expensive, especially for a studio or 1 bed 1 bath are about 1100-1200 per month. As you get further away, prices start to drop some more, so if you have a car I'd recommend doing that.

  2. Hi guys! I'll be applying to masters programs waiving their GRE requirements, for this cycle at least. I'm looking to go into the bio/biotech field, so the intended program is pretty variable, therefore I'm mostly focusing on school location for my choices.

    My list of schools so far, ranked in terms of where I want to go the most:

    1. Northeastern University - Biotechnology
    2. Boston University - Biology and Biomedical Engineering
    3. Tufts University - Biology and Chemistry/Biotechnology
    4. New York University - General Biology
    5. The City College of New York - Biotechnology
    6. Hunters College - Biotechnology

      So, basically, I'd want to end up in either Boston or NYC, but Boston more preferably.
  3. So I've been researching schools I would like to apply to this year and am wondering if I am competitive enough to be considered a good applicant. Obviously, just listing stats is a crap shoot to whether or not I will be accepted, but I just want to know which schools are "safeties" (is any school really safe?), matches, and reaches.

    • Undergrad: Top 100 nationally, #101 global (according to US news rankings)
    • Major: Human Biology
    • cGPA (at time of applying): 3.71/4.0
    • Major GPA: 3.77/4.0
    • GRE: Not taking it, only looking into programs who are waiving their GRE requirements

    Planned letters of recommendation: My two main letters will come from my mechanisms of disease professor and my research coordinator (bioinformatics). Another will come from either my physics professor or calculus/statistics professor if the school requires 3 letters of rec.

    Important/relevant info:

    • Research presented at the annual Lyman Briggs Research Symposium (x2).
    • Research project displayed at the Abrams Planetarium.
    • Deans List (x6).
    • Research experience: About 1 month at the time of applying. I'm also in a Science/Math residential college, so a lot of my classes have been research-based.
    • I've held a part-time job for 3 years during school, and 2 part-time jobs during the summer while taking classes.

    Schools I am interested in for their masters program:

    • Boston University - Biology
    • Tufts University - Biomedical Engineering
    • Northeastern University - Biotechnology
    • University College London - Biomedical Sciences MSc
    • New York University - General Biology
    • The City College of New York - Biotechnology
    • Hunter College - Biotechnology
    • Brown University - Biotechnology
    • San Diego State University - Biology
    • University of San Francisco - Biotechnology

    I am an OOS applicant for all of these schools, except UCL which I will be an international applicant.

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